ABOUT DR. CHARLES ELLIOTT AND DR. LAURA SMITH
Laura L. Smith, Ph.D. (Laura) is both a clinical and school psychologist. She was previously a special education teacher and educational diagnostician. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. She is often asked to provide consultations to attorneys, school districts, and governmental agencies. She presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences. Dr. Smith is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including those co-authored with Dr. Elliott.
Personal note: My journey to clinical psychology took many turns. I obtained a Master’s degree in special education and began my professional life in the challenging school system of Detroit, Michigan. After moving to New Mexico, I continued to work in the schools teaching kids with special needs. My interest in dyslexia led me to obtain certification as an Educational Diagnostician. Wanting more specialized skills, I then became a licensed school psychologist, earning a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. I continued working with emotionally disturbed and delinquent children while completing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My internship focused on neuropsychology at the University of New Mexico. Since then I have worked in various positions, including as a psychologist at a juvenile detention center, a staff psychologist at the Presbyterian Medical Group, a clinical supervisor at various rural school districts, and a consultant to Head Start programs. I also have run a private practice for much of this time. Throughout these years I have raised three kids, enjoyed my four grandchildren, and written more than a few books.